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Offline binumal

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please look at this sentence
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:29:22 PM »
Kindly check the grammaticality of the following sentence
For years, He wakes up at  5 a.m - Intended meaning- He is in the habit of waking up at 5 a.m, for years
Thanks in advance

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Re: please look at this sentence
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 11:31:28 PM »
Sounds fine to me in the habitual sense as in a present tense (even if past meaning) narrative.
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Re: please look at this sentence
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 07:06:27 AM »
Normally, we would say: "For years, he has woken up at 5 a.m." or "For years, he has been waking up at 5 a.m.", and "He has been in the habit of waking up at 5 a.m. for years".

But in a present-tense narrative we could conceivably say something like:
"For years, he wakes up at 5 a.m. Then suddenly his life changes and..."
But that use would be unusual.

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Re: please look at this sentence
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 01:05:55 PM »
If it is in the past,for example - a)During the World War Two, He woke up at 5.am every day or  b)During the World War Two, He used to  wake up at 5.am every day - which would be preferable?

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Re: please look at this sentence
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 06:01:41 PM »
"Used to" highlights a sense of contrast. Both are fine, and the simple past would be the default.

Note: "the Second World War" vs. (no "the") "World War II".
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